"The Hand is Conscious of the Brain"

RISD's Top Team Aims to Place Art & Design at Forefront

Apr 21 2015 - 10:48am

The Rhode Island School of Design has taken another step to secure a new team at the top. It has appointed Pradeep Sharma as its new provost. Sharma has been serving as RISD's interim chief academic leader since January 2014. 

“Since joining RISD in 2012 as dean of Architecture + Design, Pradeep Sharma has proven himself to be a trusted leader, and an expansive and challenging thinker,” notes RISD President Rosanne Somerson. who herself took office officially just a few months ago. “Pradeep has fostered new forms of research as well as integration among the fine arts, design, liberal arts and foundation studies at RISD."

“It is my privilege to take on the role of provost,” says Sharma. “I deeply value RISD’s commitment to practice and the attention that is paid here to taking experience seriously. At RISD, new technologies coexist with traditional technologies, new methods constantly evolve, ideas drive making, students want to change the world, faculty really know how to teach, the hand is conscious of the brain, ideas exist in contexts of practice, culture, society and politics, and art and design are at the forefront of everything we do.”

Before coming to RISD, Sharma served as dean of the Bath, England School of Art and Design; head of art and design at the University of Glamorgan’s Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Studies in the United Kingdom; and worked as a research fellow and senior lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology in New Zealand. In addition to a doctorate in complexity management from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, he holds a master’s degree in industrial design engineering from Teesside University and a bachelor's and a master's in electrical and information sciences from Cambridge University.

RISD's IDSA Student Chapter advsior is Associate Professor Beth Mosher, IDSA.